Divers Alert Network (DAN) has announced the appointment of Francois Burman Pr. Eng, Int PE (SA), BSc, MSc, MSAIME, FSAIW as their new Director of Diving and Hyperbaric Safety.
Before joining DAN, Burman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. He then served two years as a naval officer where he gained hands-on experience in naval engineering and ship design. He went on to become a Professional Engineer with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and Welding. In 1994, Burman joined an organization specializing in life-support and underwater engineering. Shortly after, he helped establish the first private hyperbaric oxygen therapy company in Southern Africa and was accepted into the Executive Committee of the Southern Africa Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Association.
Burman joined DAN Southern Africa in 1997 as the Operations Director. He was later appointed the CEO, responsible for all aspects of DAN and its programs. He serves on the board of International DAN and is the technical consultant for various international recompression chamber assistance programs. During his time as CEO, Burman earned a Master of Science degree in Medical Sciences (Baromedical Sciences) at the University of Stellenbosch.
In 2016, Burman was chosen as the recipient of the Wilbur T. Workman award. The award is presented to an individual who shows enthusiasm in the fields of aerospace and hyperbaric medicine and is instrumental in establishing and maintaining safety standards for the specialized field of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.
“Francois’ contributions within the dive industry, as well as the DAN organization, are significant and he brings an extensive set of skills to this position,” said Bill Ziefle, President and CEO, Divers Alert Network. “His expertise in developing safety and risk mitigation protocols specific to the dive community is unparalleled. We are excited to have him aboard to help expand our resources and take our programs to the next level,” added Ziefle.
As Director of Diving and Hyperbaric Safety, Burman will place emphasis on developing and promoting programs to improve safety through risk awareness and mitigation, reducing liabilities, preventative training, and prompting appropriate response to safety violations and injuries.